Are you experiencing stiffness, pain, and discomfort in your feet, particularly in the morning? Have your feet been achy after a long day of wearing shoes? You may be struggling with Achilles tendonitis! Here’s our guide to Achilles tendonitis – if you suspect you have it, call your podiatrist ASAP! With summer coming up, we’re sure you have fun travel, beach, or barbeque plans, and to fully enjoy yourself, taking care of any pain or discomfort swiftly is key.
What You Need To Know
The Achilles tendon is the longest and thickest tendon in the body, and you can find it right behind each leg. It connects the heel bone to the muscles in your calf and allows you to point your toes or stretch your leg. Athletes typically have Achilles tendinitis due to an overuse injury or the high-intensity levels of their workouts. Often, their bodies need time to rest and recover before they can get back into playing. Poorly fitting shoes or an unhealthy weight can also increase the risk of injury.
Signs and Symptoms
You may notice pain, tenderness, or stiffness in the following locations:
- Just above the heel bone
- Behind the heel bone
- Back of the leg
Treating Achilles Tendonitis
Before you attempt to treat your possible condition on your own, we urge you to call your podiatrist first and let them take over. Achilles tendonitis is an injury, and to avoid worsening your condition, you should be extra cautious. Below are some of the top ways your podiatrist can treat you:
- Physical therapy
- Custom orthotics
- Heel lifts
- Boot or cast
- Shockwave therapy
- Surgery, if your podiatrist thinks it’s necessary
At Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, Dr. Anant Joshi and his staff treat various conditions and are committed to providing results. To schedule an appointment, contact his Woodland Park, NJ office at 973-256-0002.